FAIR punctures the "self-made" myth of Paul Ryan by pointing out that a) Mr. Ryan used Social Security disbursements to help finance his college education, b) his only job outside of Congress was with his family's construction business, and c) he's worked for the government virtually his whole adult life. There's nothing wrong with getting a hand up from your government or your family -- until you're the one trying to cripple our government's ability to give anyone else a hand up.
Mr. Romney tells us he's paid at least 13% of his income in taxes in each of the last 10 years. But still won't actually prove it. And I'm not sure why he thinks "at least 13%" makes anyone happy.
In a perhaps-related note, Republican hack Alex Castellanos says on CNN that Mr. Romney should only release 10 years of tax returns when Mr. Obama releases 10 years of birth certificates. I tried to look for the funny there (is Mr. Obama literally reborn every single year?), but I gave up when I remembered that Mr. Castellanos was the "mastermind" behind the race-baiting ads that got Jesse Helms re-elected in 1990.
Gallup finds the oil/gas industry to be the least-trusted industry in America. "The federal government" finished next-to-last (thought I bet a lot of the respondents would have said "except for my Representative"!), and "banking," somehow, finished third-to-last. And by "somehow," please understand that I mean "because the federal government didn't do anywhere near enough about the carnage they caused."